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    Wallpapering tools

    Steam wallpaper stripper

    This mains-powered tool consists of a small water tank, and a hose connected to a steam pad. When the water heats up the steam is forced through the hose and out of the steam pad, which is held against the wall. The steam penetrates the wallpaper and softens the wallpaper paste making it easier to scrape away from the wall.



    A tool with a flat, slightly sprung blade; the blade can be broad or narrow. Scrapers with a broad blade 100mm-125mm (4in-5in) wide are generally used to remove wallpaper, while a scraper with a blade no wider than 25mm (1in) is used to remove paint.


    Wallpaper scorer

    This tool is similar to a scraper but with serrated edge that scores the surface of the wallpaper allowing water or steam to penetrate. The wallpaper scorer is very effective on vinyl wallpaper. 

    Pasting table

    This is a long, narrow, lightweight table used for cutting, pasting and folding wallpaper prior to hanging. The most common type of pasting table is about 2m (6ft 6in) long and 500mm (20in) wide, with a hinged centre to allow it to be folded and easily stored. When wallpapering, always wipe the table down with clean water to remove any excess wallpaper paste from its surface prior to rolling out another length of cut paper.


    Pasting brush

    A brush 125mm-150mm (5in-6in) wide with long bristles used for applying wallpaper paste to the paper.


    Paperhanging brush

    Designed for smoothing wallpaper into position and removing bubbles and creases, the brush is between 180mm-250mm (7in-10in) wide with a broad handle and soft, medium length bristles. Avoid getting wallpaper paste on the brush as it will mark the paper.


    Wallpaper trough

    This trough is filled with water, which is used for dipping ready-pasted wallpaper in. When the paper mixes with the water the adhesive is activated.


    Seam roller

    A small hand-held roller used to seal the seams. Run the roller down the wallpaper seam, applying gentle pressure. The seam roller is not suitable for embossed wallpaper as it will flatten the pattern. This tool is also handy for sealing the edges of self-adhesive flashing used in roofing.


    Wallpaper scissors

    Designed specifically for cutting wallpaper, these scissors have blades 250mm (10in) in length and good grips. For fine trimming work a smaller pair of scissors are recommended. It is advisable to buy stainless steel scissors as they will not rust.


    Papering sponge

    The sponge is simply used for cleaning the paste from tools and wiping excess paste from the wallpaper. It is always a good idea to have more than one sponge with a good supply of clean water.


    Trimming knife

    A knife with a razor-sharp blade used in conjunction with a straight edge to trim wallpaper. Not as effective as scissors on very thin or wet paper as the paper is inclined to tear.


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